Yesterday I shared a post from my design blog, KJ Magical Designs, that showcased a question from a #DesignAMA I am taking part in. However, I am not only taking questions on design but also on writing too. I had an interesting one I thought I would source here on my blog.
For a first time author- how many pages would you say is a good start to get published? In the genre of suspense/romance fiction?
It ranges in each genre and by the audience you are trying to target. Ask yourself if you plan to self-publish, if you will market to an agent or hope to get picked up by a publisher. I did digging into this and found a good infographic on one of my favorite sites (Writer’s Digest). This is a good resource to help you learn the ins and outs of the industry with genres. In no way am I saying this is the only way. Several authors I know entered the industry by building a following on their blogs. One of my favorite authors is Renee Scattergood. She entered the industry by publishing serials of her Shadow Stalker Series.
Short description for serial publications -Instead of waiting for the completed book. This style is made up of short works published in a format similar to television episodes. Renee would group episodes with six to eight chapters within each and would publish them within two months of each other. When she finishes that season (a.k.a book), she would bundle them altogether. She used this as a way to build readership while working on other books.
This way entails extra work and a big requirement is to stick to a schedule. I plan to do this myself with a Paranormal Romance I have in the works. If you decide to try something similar to this style, I would suggest researching authors that do this technique.
***Oh, another site that might work to post your chapters on is ChapterBuzz, it helps you grow readers as you progress through your book. There are several sites that can help you with this, it takes research to find the one you think will fit your needs.
Hope this was interesting to everyone that reads this post. I found it interesting and spent more time contemplating my response before I replied. Makes you realize there is no wrong way to enter the written world as an author. It takes time, determination and research. I wish everyone good luck on their journey to the written world and hope you land among the greats.
If I come across more questions, I think are worth sharing here on my author blog I will keep you in the loop. I plan to send out one more post today, featuring author Allison D. Reid. She released her third book in her series, The Wind Rider Chronicles. Her cover is awesome, I am biased, though, since Alfredo Pachicano and myself are the creators. Hope you will stop by to check it out.
K.M. Jenkins 🙂
***If you have a question on the following topic: The Art of Designing and Writing – A Cover Designer/Artist and Indie Author’s Journey AMA. Feel free to ask it here.
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